Noravank Canyon

The road to Noravank follows the Gnishik River Canyon, eight kilometers of stunning terrain and spectacular rock formations, which appear from the abundant volcanic deposits in the region.

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Noravank Canyon

The road to Noravank follows the Gnishik River Canyon, eight kilometers of stunning terrain and spectacular rock formations, which appear from the abundant volcanic deposits in the region.

According to the 13th century historian Stepanos Orbelyan, in 735 the major settlement of the region, Moz, was destroyed by an earthquake with tremors that lasted 40 days.

The anguished cries of the calamity's survivors (“Vai! Vai!”) are linked to the naming of Vayots Dzor marz (“Canyon of Wails”). 

The canyon area is famous for its numerous caves (Bird, Mageli, Archi and Mozrov), its Flora (unique wild yellow rose (Rosa hemisphaerica), pistachio, wild pear, herbs and berries) and fauna.

This area has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) hosting some globally threatened bird species, as well as extensive colonies of endangered bats and for its rare sightings of one of the country's most treasured and endangered animals, the Caucasian Leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor).


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